I hear a lot of people asking me; how do you meditate?
Well, In this troubled fast pacing, brutally rigorous, highly confusing, and extremely stressful society we live in, there is no single doubt that we’ve all been faced with different problems that tends to overwhelm us especially when it comes to our inner peace, joy and happiness.
I’ve come to the realization that too much struggle (you call it: making ends meet) has robbed us of our precious time. Time we are supposed to be with our family and friends. Time we are supposed to undergo recreational activities and ultimately time for meditation.
Be that as it may, you shouldn’t allow that to happen to you. And that’s why, in this article, I going to show you several ways or techniques on how to start or practice meditation the proper way even if you have little or no time due to your secular activities.
If you are a complete beginner (which is why you are here), you’ll learn best effective meditation techniques that’s devoid of unnecessary ambiguities. You’ll also learn how to do meditation the right way that others are not even thinking of doing.
So stay tuned as I show you how to meditate properly especially at home.
But first let me ask you; What kind of meditation do you think you should do or practice?
Well the answer is “You should choose a type of meditation that best reflect your personality, religion and time”.
So before we delve into the meat of this article, please do permit me to list the different types of meditation options that’s available so you can choose the one that best fit your personality and/or religion.
Note: If you’re already aware of the type of meditation that fits you, then feel free to skip the section and move over to the next.
Types of Meditation You Should Know
The following are the major types of meditation you should know. My advice is pick the one that’s okay for you, make a little research about it, and move on.
Some are interrelated but others different.
I discuss in detail some of them in other articles.
So let’s go there…
1) Mindfulness Meditation:
As it name implies, it is a meditation of the mind which involves allowing the body to, instead of remaining still or sitting, move from slow (sometimes very slow) to intense (but not very intense) movement.
In this type of meditation, the meditation practitioner remove or undo all suppression caused by pessimistic thoughts, feelings and noises as well as negative emotions by letting or allowing the body move and easily go into stillness in a gradual pace.
2) Advent Meditation:
This is especially useful for Christians. Well if you don’t know what advent is then listen: Advent is a special reflection period that starts four (4) weeks before or prior to Christmas.
Believe me, it’s a special time to meditate. Most of my friends use this period to form a very strong bond with their families and it has helped them draw even more closer to the things pertaining to God.
So if you are a Christian, this is definitely the type of meditation you should consider practicing.
3) Buddhist Mediation:
If you are a Buddhist, then this is not a new term to you. But if you’re not then follow along.
Buddhist meditation is higly valued and respected by the Buddhists because it’s considered as the ultimate way to free man from pain and agony.
Buddhist places a very highly value on Buddhism meditation not just because it’s a way of discovering life’s meaning but also because it is associated with enlightenment.
4) Chakra Meditation:
Chakra meditation is highly associated with health and that’s why it is gaining popularity due to its health benefits.
Whether you are a Christian, budhist or Jewish you should consider adding Chakra meditation to your list of meditation arsenals.
5) Christian Meditation:
If you are a Christian, then this is the most important meditation of all.
You know, when I newly became a Christian, I frequently do ask myself this question: how do I meditate in way that is completely different from the way my peers do? (they were Jewish). So if you are a christian you may sometimes ask yourself that. Right?
So how do you meditate as a christian?
You see, christians view meditation in a complete different light. It involves reading God’s word, the Bible, and to reflect on what you’ve read and how you’re going to practice it in your day to day life.
This kind of meditation is really the best if you do ask me. It does not require any putting on of robe or cosmetics, you just have to sit quietly in a relaxed frame of mind, read and think about what you’ve read and how you’re going to apply it in your daily life.
6) Healing Meditation:
Healing meditation is considered to be a way or method of meditation that is geared towards reprogramming the negative thoughts that causes illnesses to become positive desires in achieving wholesome health.
Healing meditation is also intertwined with the Chakra system of meditation.
7) Jewish Meditation:
Jewish meditation deals with the act of vigorously finding meanings out of each text inside Torah. It means understanding the inner meaning of Torah. You can read more about it here.
8) Transcendental Meditation:
“Transcendental meditation revolves around this purpose – to help a person successfully bridge the gap that separates him from his inner self and to discover the treasures lurking within him in the process.” – Wikipedia
This process involves the repetitive utterances of the Mantra.
9) Walking Meditation:
This type of meditation is increasing becoming popular especially among the budhist. In this type of meditation, you are not confined to a place, but you exert physical force by walking.
This is another type of meditation I do recommend the most.
10) Yoga Meditation:
Yoga refers to the unity of the body and mind and unity of the mind and soul.
This involves the practice of Asana through Pranayama. In the practise of Yoga, there are 5 salient points that needs to be followed:
- Proper Breathing
- Proper Exercise
- Proper Diet
- Positive Thinking and Meditation
- Proper Relaxation.
In short, Yoga meditation can bring, tranquility of the mind, spiritual insights, better health, better life, calmness, better relationships, personal insights, philosophical insights, and a true sense of wellness.
Wow! That’s was lengthy right? It has to be because I want you to know the right path towards meditating properly.
Having said that, let’s now dive into the meat of this article – how to properly mediate.
How to Meditate Properly – 10 Superlative Techniques
When it comes to meditating properly, I want you to free your mind from past possibly wrong notions about meditation because what I’m about to give you is a template that’ll help you learn how to meditate.
So here we go…
- Think what you want to achieve in your meditation. People have different goals on why they want to meditate. Whatever your reasons are, consider it valid. It doesn’t have to be a complicated or special reason. Anyone can do meditation even for simple things. Meditation is about simplicity, so keeping things simple can definitely help.
- Finding a Quiet and Comfortable place to meditate. This is a very important step and should never be neglected or taken lightly. It is important that your room is comfortable enough for the purpose of meditation. First, the room should not have any form of potential distraction. Close the windows and doors. Turn off the TV, radio, and other electronic devices. Make the environment as quiet as possible. Dim or turn off the lights. Create a comfortable environment in your room. That is how you create an environment that’s conducive for meditation.
- Wear comfortable clothes. Comfort is important for the optimal meditative experience. As a rule of thumb, you should avoid wearing restrictive clothing. Also, wear something that is appropriate for the weather. You won’t like things to either get too hot or too cold as it can make meditating difficult.
- Choose a comfortable time of day. There is no fixed rule on which time of day is most comfortable for a person. For experts, any time of the day can become a great time for meditation. However, for beginners, it would be smart to meditate at a time when you feel you are most relaxed. The most recommended times are the moment you wake up and after unwinding. Make sure to remove any potential distraction (ex.: hunger, toilet urges) before meditating.
- Sit in a comfortable position. This is another important step. You can sit straight on a chair or cross-leg in a carpet. In fact, the position doesn’t even matter so long as it allows you to concentrate or to be focused.
- Relax. Relaxing means not allowing anything to be a cause for disturbance both physically and emotionally.
- Close your eyes gently. This is especially helpful because it helps you shut your eyes from the outside world allowing you to communicate and head-revolve with your inner world. It directs attention to the internal awareness which is the primary aim of meditation. As you do, raise your heads a little bit upwards. This will allow the body to balance properly.
- Sit while maintaining an upright posture. The upright posture is considered ideal so you can concentrate on your breathing. Do not slouch or lean back, even when you are sitting on a chair. Position your hands and legs in a way you are most comfortable with, just as long as it does not interfere with your posture and it doesn’t cause unwanted distractions. Tilting your head like you’re looking downward helps in easing your breathing.
- Breathe. Breathing is the most important part of the meditation process. Make sure to use your nose for breathing. To ensure this, keep your mouth closed for the duration of your meditation. Also, focus on your breathing. By concentrating on your inhalation, exhalation, and the process involved, you’ll feel all of your distractions and other thoughts fade away. While observing your breathing is important, it’s important not to be too analytic about it.
- Watch the space and darkness. As you close your eyes, the only view you are going to mentally see is Darkness so watch it so your mind and soul will feel relaxed.
- Pay very close attention to the flow and thoughts that passes your minds. This is important because if you fail to pay attention, then you’ve not even started meditating. You’re just rigma-rolling
- Watch how these thoughts rise and fall. Don’t just pay attention to the thoughts. Also watch how they rise and fall. This time, your subconscious becomes more vibrant and aware.
- Repeat the mantra. This will help you concentrate and keep you focused. An effective mantra that goes along the internal consciousness is the Sanskrit Sloka, amaram hum madhuram hum. This means “I am immortal, I am blissful”. The space which you are looking into is reigned by the Knower. The Knower of the space is characterized by immortality and bliss.
- Make sure you’re well positioned before doing the above, if possible turn on some meditation music to help you keep focused
- When you’re through, gently rub your two hands and give a tender warmth to your face. This will help you carry other activities of the day.
- Make sure you carry this out for atleast 15 minutes twice a day. Do the first one at the start of the day when you’re preparing to go to work or school and the second when you’re just about to go to bed at night.
If you carry out of all the above religiously, you’d have mastered the act of meditating properly and it’ll definitely help you to alleviate your worries and get you ready to more challenges of life.
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Are there benefits associated to meditation? No. Hahahaha, am I kidding you? No I’m not.
Yes I am.
Of course there are numerous benefits of meditating properly.
13 Outstanding Benefits of Meditating Effectively
Why should you meditate? Let’s uncover 13 most important reasons.
- Increased alertness, focus, and concentration.
- Better memory and reasoning.
- Deeper concentration.
- Learning ability is also increased, as well as intelligence
- Broader understanding of the world.
- Ability to make better decisions.
- Lowering of muscle tension and pain.
- Reduction in irritability and moodiness.
- Becomes more productive member of society.
- Clear thinking
- A better co-worker.
- A better friend, and lover
- Easier to feel compassion for others.
Meditation is as hard as other activities or chores especially when starting straight out. But I don’t want you relapse or give up when things get daisy. No. I want you to stay strong and master the art of meditation so you can become a meditation expert.
Also do not forget this very important fact about meditation: Meditation is best understood when experienced and felt rather than when explained.
So go try it out now!